Pre-School Tantrums…Making Goodbyes Pleasant

Aug 19, 2014 by

Helping kids adjust to preschool, like Centenary Hill Pre-School, can be a testing task, especially if a child’s strategy is to throw tantrums. However, there is a lot you can do as a parent to ease the situation.

Arrive Early: Kids are smart. They will come up with all manner of delaying tactics when it is time to exit the car. Be sure to allocate sufficient time to answer questions about their imaginary friend and to adjust the suddenly uncomfortable shoe. Rushing makes the child anxious and will fuel more tantrums.

Make The Journey Happy: Play or sing her favorite song as you drive or walk to school, play a game and keep the child’s mood happy. A playful mood makes the child look forward to more play with other children, and they will probably be running off before you can say goodbye.  

Change Is Disastrous: If you drive your child to school, don’t attempt to take the bus before the child is comfortable enough. If you pick your child up early, do so consistently. Being late will make your child scared and make separation more difficult in the days that follow.

No Fanfares: When it’s time for the child to leave the car, keep your goodbye sweet and short. While lingering on for long feels like a more loving thing to do, it makes separation more difficult for your baby.

Customize Your Ritual: A “goodbye” ritual can be as easy as a special wave or a counting to ten then your child runs off to class. It makes separation easier since the child is already prepared for what is coming. A new practice can make the child panic.

Go Back To Pre-School: Ask the teacher if you can stay for at least one class. Sit at the back but at a spot where your child can see you. Avoid unnecessary interventions or doing anything disruptive. How long you stay depends with how soon your child feels safe with the teacher and other children.

Treat Extreme Separation Anxiety: If your best efforts have failed, and your child still suffers intense separation anxiety, seek medical attention. Excessive anxiety interferes with the child’s normal activities, such as friendships, and can be a sign of a larger problem.

No matter how long it takes for your baby to get comfortable with going to school, be proud of them. They love you and still feel safer with you. Plus everybody is anxious about change; they are not trying to punish you. Patience in this case is a big asset.

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Fundraising Events: Finding the Child Care Centre Support You Need

Aug 19, 2014 by

Child care centres are a vital part of every day life for most working class families. They provide a safe haven for children while the parents are away at work. The children play but also learn some very important skills. Without community support, the centres would not exist, and without the centres, many children would have fewer opportunities for early education, physical health and social and emotional growth. To get your community involved in supporting your child care centre, there are several fundraising ideas that can help.

Honouring National Holidays and Fundraising

A popular method of fundraising, you can sell items related to the holiday or season to raise money for your centre. For example, on Good Friday or the Saturday following, your centre could bake several hot cross buns with the children and then sell them to the families and community surrounding the centre. It is a fun activity for the children, a wonderful way to celebrate Easter and one excellent way to raise money for new equipment and toys for the children in the care of your centre. Sometimes mums and dads like to get involved with the baking too, which really brings people together.

Encouraging Literacy and Fundraising

Several times a year, your child care centre can effectively promote literacy through the sale of new and gently used books. Your community will recognize the efforts you are making towards improving the future educational success of the children, and the profits from the sale of the books goes directly into your support account. Many parents who have children in your centre will buy books too, when they see something they know their children will want to read or have read to them.

Raffles and Silent Auctions

Adults can purchase tickets for items they would like to win in a raffle or you can set up a silent auction. The silent auction allows adults to sign in on a piece of paper and place the bid for items they want. In both cases, the proceeds cover the costs of the items in the raffle or silent auction, and the remainder of the money helps support the needs of your centre. These types of lottery events are favorites close to the holidays because people can win items already wrapped and ready to give as gifts. However, you can conduct a raffle or silent auction any time of the year.

Volunteers Make a Difference

With all of these fundraising event ideas, the most important aspect is the number of volunteers who are willing to help. The best child care centre support comes from these volunteers, and recruiting them is not always easy. Those that volunteer to help in your centre, like The Childcare Centre Desktop, every day should be recognized publicly, as well as those who volunteer for fundraising events. Let them know how valuable they are as child care centre resources and how the centre really appreciates their help.

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The Importance of Safety Courses

Aug 12, 2014 by

Many people mistakenly assume that safety courses are only provided to people who experience some form of risk within the work place. Individuals who have high risk jobs need to know what risks are present and what actions need to be taken during an emergency situations. The same also applies at home. Accidents can happen anywhere. Whether at home or at work, it is imperative that the proper steps be taken when an emergency arises. Safety courses provide the knowledge and the information a person needs to prevent a situation from getting out of hand.

Safety in the Workplace

The type of work performed at a facility will determine the type of safety course needed to eliminate or at least reduce the risk of injury. Manufacturing companies are required to keep MSDS sheets on hand for every product and chemical in the building. The Manufacturers’ Safety Data Sheet lists the products ingredients, possible hazards and what should be done if a person is exposed to the chemical in any way (spills, leaks, immersion, etc.).

Companies that deal with special needs individuals or prison inmates may be required to take a safety course in Perthto ensure both their safety as well as that of their client or the individuals they are in charge of. Knowing how to diffuse a hostile situation is extremely important, especially if their job requires taking clients and inmates into public settings.

New hires are often put through a variety of training sessions and safety courses that cover everything from chemical spills to electrical hazards. They are taught how to assess a possible emergency, block off the area, call for help, treat the injured and make the area as safe as possible until professional help arrives to take control of the situation.

Safety at Home

Home safety courses are also available. These are extremely beneficial if the homeowner has a pool, dog or objects on the property that could result in some form of injury. Families with small children will also benefit from taking safety and first aid courses. Knowing what to do in the face of an emergency can save the life of a family member.

In both home and work settings, individuals who take and successfully complete the safety courses the need (and in some cases, require) can get discounts on their insurance. Most large companies make it mandatory that new hires successfully complete safety and first aid courses per requirements from their insurance carriers. Homeowners can also see significant cuts in their premiums just by preparing themselves for possible emergencies within the home.

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Is Your Child Being Bullied? Here Are Some Signs To Look Out For

Aug 11, 2014 by

Having your child bullied is your worst nightmare as a parent. Bullying can destroy your child’s self-esteem and mental health. But how do you know if your child is being bullied if they do not tell you directly? Spotting the signs of bullying early enough can prevent your child from developing a fear of social activities and not trusting their peers. Here are some signs that you may want to watch out for, even if you do not think your child is a victim:

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, physical marks or scrapes. When you ask your child what happened, be on the look out for hesitancy and unbelievable stories.
  • Unexplained loss of stationary, money, lunch, clothing or toys. Keep on top of what your child takes to school and what they bring back. Ask questions about their day and their break times to see how enthusiastic they are about what they did.
  • Lack of enthusiasm to see other peers. If your child does not want to walk to school with a certain person or does not want to join in social events then perhaps you should ask them why. Do not be afraid to bring this up with your child; you should encourage them to talk honestly about how they feel.
  • Appears sad, angry, moody, evasive, depressed with no obvious cause. You may find your child snapping at you with poor reason; try to figure out what may have caused your child to lash out.
  • Frequent visits to the school nurse. Use your inner detective skills to see if your child skips certain classes, break times or lunch times. Perhaps you need to discuss their seating placement with their teachers in a bid to whittle down those who may be disrupting your child’s school life.
  • Your child begins bullying their siblings. Sometimes victims flip the bullying role and release their anger on younger siblings or family members. Treat this with care as your child may not need disciplining but just needs to share their problems.
  • A drop in grades. If your child’s school time is concentrated on avoiding bullies, their focus and concentration can lack when it comes to their education. If you notice a drop in grades then speak to their teacher to see if they know of a reason why.

When it comes to your child being bullied you have to tread carefully because you do not want to make it worse. Speak to their teachers, their friends’ parents and the school nurse, janitors and lunchtime staff. You may find your child clings to adults for protection. Talk to your child regularly, and make it known that they can come to you and open up in confidence. For more advice or to provide your child with a safe haven away from school, consult a child care specialist, such as Whispering Gully Childcare.

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Keep Your Child Pre-Schooler Healthy in Childcare

Aug 11, 2014 by

As they play closely with other children and share toys it is a simple fact of life that children in child care are exposed to germs and infections. The good news is that there are a number of simple precautions that will help your child avoid many of the common illnesses and reduce the impact of others.

Follow these defence strategies to keep your child healthier:

Make Immunisation a Priority

Immunisation is by far the safest and most efficient means of protecting your child against a wide range of harmful diseases, some of which can cause severe health problems.

Vaccinations are readily available and free of charge from your doctor, clinics and hospitals through a nationwide scheme, The National Immunisation Program Schedule.

  • This schedule specifies the vaccines that your child should receive at particular age milestones. A convenient record of vaccination is registered and stored for every child.
  • Your child’s immunisation history statement is sent to you automatically at certain stages, or you can make a request for one at any time.

Make Prevention Your Best Policy

You can teach your child some good habits to avoid the spread of germs and encourage sound hygiene practises.

Hand Washing

  • Encourage your child to wash hands not just after going to the toilet, but also before and after eating, playing in dirt and touching animals.  
  • Ensuring that little ones do a thorough job is important. Careful washing and lathering is needed to kills off germs.
  • Make it a fun thing to help your child manage what they will regard as quite a long time; have them wash while completing a nursery rhyme or favourite song.

Smart Sharing

Teach your child a simple rule that anything that goes in the mouth, like drink bottles and food, should not be shared with others.

It is natural for children to want to share snacks they have brought from home, and the things in a pal’s lunchbox always seem especially inviting.

They need to understand that once bitten into, food may have germs that can make people sick. Your child will respond to this if you point out that they don’t want to make others sick or get ill themselves.

Try packing a separate snack individually wrapped that your little one can share with a friend.

Following these easy to implement strategies will ensure that your child has a head start on the way to staying healthy in a child care environment. You will help them build up their immunity while steering clear of many unnecessary ailments. For more information, contact a childcare facility like Cool Bananas Childcare & Preschool.

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